Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Derek Jeter gets personalized watch from Mariners' Robinson Cano (PHOTOS)

The Derek Jeter Farewell tour carried on Tuesday inside Safeco Field — in a city the Yankees captain might hold nearer to his heart than any other place outside of New York.

Jeter's debut, May 29, 1995, didn't take place at Safeco Field but inside Seattle's cavernous Kingdome. It was the night which launched his Hall of Fame career.

The Mariners honored the Yankees' shortstop (VIDEO) with a tribute since this is the last regular-season series he'll play in The Emerald City.

They gave him a base from the old Kingdome, where Jeter collected his first career hit; a Safeco Park base; and a $5,000 check to his Turn 2 foundation.

Then his former teammate, Robinson Cano, who helped present Jeter the gifts with the help of Felix Hernandez, got a little personal.

Cano gave Jeter a watch with a message engraved on it:

"To Derek: Thank you for showing me how to be a leader. With love and respect, RC."

As for his greatest memory of his MLB debut, Jeter had no trouble recalling the 8-7 loss.

"I was 0-for-5," Jeter said with a smile.

Despite the 0-for, how did he celebrate the big night?

"My dad was in town and afterward we tried to get something to eat and everything was closed so we ended up walking to a McDonald's," Jeter said.. "So he's here again today, both my parents are, so we'll go to McDonald's after the game."

Jeter's first career hit came a night later, a fifth-inning single to left off Seattle starter Tim Belcher, in a 7-3 loss, a night he finished 2-for-3.

And we know the rest.


  1. He didn't get a base from the Kingdome, he got a seat from the Kingdome.

    1. And it's not "Safeco Park", it's Safeco Field.